CBS News shared that when 4-year-old Britton Taunton-Rigby recently got her yearly checkup, her pediatrician wrote a prescription for something he says is important. It reads, “Play Every Day.”
New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all pediatricians do the same. The organization saysis a critical part of a child’s healthy development, fundamental for learning life skills and reducing .
“Play is not frivolous: it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function,” the report, published this week, states.
The AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children get one hour of physical activity per day, as well as one hour of simple, creative play.
Lead author of the report, Dr. Michael Yogman, says play often gets a bad rap as being a waste of time, which he says is highly inaccurate.
“Play is really brain building because it has all kinds of effects on brain structure and function,” he told CBS News. “Executive function skills, learning to persist on a task, learning to solve problems, learning to be flexible about how they are learning things. It’s how we learn, not what we learn.” Read more